The candidate filing deadline to run for elected office in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, is on February 3, 2021. Prospective candidates in Columbus may file for the following municipal and school district offices:
- City attorney
- City auditor
- City council (3 seats)
- Columbus City Schools Board of Education (3 seats)
In Cleveland, prospective candidates may file for the following municipal offices:
- City council (17 seats)
- Municipal court judge
The primary elections are scheduled for May 4, and the general elections are scheduled for November 2.
Columbus and Cleveland are the first- and second-largest cities in Ohio, respectively. Columbus is the 16th-largest city in the United States by population, and Cleveland is the 48th-largest. The Columbus City Schools district is the largest school district in Ohio; it served 50,219 students as of the 2017-2018 school year.